A total of nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in October 2017. Of these, seven were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents. Of the nine incidents, two were piracy incidents and seven were armed robberies against ships. There was no actual or attempted incident involving the abduction of crew from ships reported in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah in October 2017. Also, there was no incident involving the hijacking of ship for theft of oil cargo reported in October 2017. However, there has been an increase in the number of incidents occurred on board ships while underway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). The ReCAAP ISC reiterates the need for collective efforts and shared responsibility among ReCAAP Focal Points, regional authorities and the shipping industry in addressing the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. NUMBER OF INCIDENTS OCTOBER 2017 In October 2017, a total of nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising seven actual incidents and two attempted incidents) were reported. The location of the incidents is shown in Map 1. Compared to October 2016, the total number of incidents reported in October 2017 has increased; and this was due to the occurrence of two attempted incidents reported in October 2017. In these two attempted incidents, the ship master and crew had successfully prevented boarding by the perpetrators. In October 2016, a total of seven incidents (all actual incidents) were reported. Graph 1 shows the number of incidents reported each month during October 2016 to October 2017. JANUARY-OCTOBER 2017 During January-October 2017, a total of 60 incidents were reported, of which 51 were actual incidents and nine were attempted incidents. The number of incidents reported during JanuaryOctober 2017 was the lowest among the 10-year reporting period. Compared to January-October 2016, there was a 9% decrease in the total number of incidents during January-October 2017; and 67% decrease compared to January-October 2015. A total of 66 incidents were reported during January-October 2016, and 184 incidents reported during January-October 2015. Graph 2 shows the number of incidents reported during January-October of 2008-2017. The improvement during January-October 2017 was attributed to, amongst other factors, improvement of the situation at certain ports and anchorages in Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. While the overall situation during January-October 2017 has improved, there was an increase in the number of incidents reported at ports and anchorages in Bangladesh (Chittagong), Philippines (Manila and Batangas); and on board ships while underway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) compared to the same period in 2016. SIGNIFICANCE LEVEL OF INCIDENTS1 OCTOBER 2017 Of the seven actual incidents reported in October 2017, four were CAT 3 incidents and three were CAT 4 incidents. The four CAT 3 incidents occurred at ports/anchorages in India (1), Indonesia (1), and on board ships while underway in South China Sea [SCS] (1) and SOMS (1); and the three CAT 4 incidents occurred at port/anchorage in India (1) and on board ships while underway in SOMS (2). JANUARY-OCTOBER 2017 Of the 51 actual incidents reported during January-October 2017, five were CAT 1 incidents, four were CAT 2 incidents, 17 were CAT 3 incidents and 25 were CAT 4 incidents. Majority of the incidents reported during January-October 2017 were CAT 3 and CAT 4 incidents, which conforms to the trend observed for the same period in the past 10 years (January-October of 2008-2017). CAT 1 INCIDENTS CAT 1 incidents were reported throughout January-October of 2008-2017. Most of these incidents were carried out by perpetrators believed to operate in syndicates; including hijacking of tug boats for resale (in 2010 and 2011), and hijacking of tankers for theft of oil cargo (in 2014 and 2015). Most of the CAT 1 incidents reported in 2016 and 2017 were abduction of crew (for ransom) from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah, claimed to be carried out by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). There has been a 55% decrease in the total number of CAT 1 incidents reported during January-October 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Five CAT 1 incidents were reported during January-October 2017 compared to 11 CAT 1 incidents during January-October 2016. Three of the five CAT 1 incidents reported during January-October 2017 were abduction of crew for ransom, and the other two incidents were hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo. Of the 11 CAT 1 incidents reported during January-October 2016, eight incidents were abduction of crew for ransom, and three were hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo. No incident of abduction of crew was reported in October 2017 since the last attempted incident that was reported in April 17 (Doňa Annabel); and no report of hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo was reported in October 2017 since the last actual incident that was reported in September 2017 (MGT 1). Source: ReCAAP ISC
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